Apple kicks Parler off its app store

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Apple has suspended a platform popular among President Donald Trump’s supporters from its app store in the latest social media fallout from the deadly riot on Capitol Hill this week.

Parler was suspended Saturday after it failed to implement a better moderation plan for posts threatening violence, Apple said.

“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” the company said in a statement. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”

Google similarly decided on Friday to remove the platform from its Play Store for failing to address posts that encouraged violence. The companies’ decisions to pull the platform come just days after a Pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol and threats of similar actions ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration proliferated on the site.

Apple on Friday had given Parler 24 hours to implement a moderation plan for its content, Buzzfeed reported. But in a letter to the site on Saturday, Apple wrote that Parler had failed to “moderate or prevent the spread of dangerous and illegal content.”

“Parler has not upheld its commitment to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content encouraging violence and illegal activity, and is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines,” Apple wrote.

Parler is still available through a web browser, but on Saturday Amazon also announced that it would remove Parler from its web hosting services, Buzzfeed reported. Once the ban takes effect Sunday, Parler is likely to go offline.

Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account on Friday, saying it posed a “risk of further incitement of violence.” Though Trump doesn’t yet have a Parler account of his own, his presidential campaign and many of his family members and allies do.

Parler was launched in 2018 and quickly became a hub for right-wing circles and Trump’s MAGA universe to post freely without the content moderation rules of other social platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.

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